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Do the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) know who they are?

A while ago I wrote to Mr. Frank Cullen trading as National Newspapers of Ireland, seeking to make a Data Subject Access Request.

I have recieved a response to that request on NNI headed paper (albeit one which will be the subject of future correspondence).

However, as part of that response came the following assertion;

“Your access request was addressed to “Mr Frank Cullen trading as National Newspapers of Ireland”. Please note that Mr. Cullen does not “trade as”¬†National¬†Newspapers of Ireland.”

I found this a mysterious statement. After all, if you do a search in the Companies Registration Office you find that the National Newspapers of Ireland is not a company registered with the Irish CRO. And their own headed paper on which that assertion was printed doesn’t cite any body corporate for the NNI.

However, the Companies Registration Office search does reveal that the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) is a registered trading name of an individual- Mr. Francis Malachy Cullen. You may see a copy of this printout below.

If “Mr. Cullen does not “trade as” National Newspapers of Ireland” as the letter states, who does?

 

Business Name Printout for National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) by Simon McGarr